Spectacular food. Exploding
Spectacular food. Exploding taste buds and unlikely preparations of familiar dishes. i recommend sharing appetizers so you can taste as many things as possible.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Service was extremely friendly
Service was extremely friendly and quick, food was delicious. Would definitely come here again. A great place for a date. Seconds from the beachwear were able to have a great dining experience and catch the sunset right after.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Go! Take your wine & sit inside.
One of the very nicest restaurants in Venice. From the moment you are inside you feel like you are having a professional food experience. Delicious, creative and flawless. The service is exceptional (I sneezed into my napkin and it was immediately removed and replaced). And the coffee is the best coffee I have in the United States. I'm not kidding. Get a cup of regular coffee and be prepared for disappointment at home going forward. All this said, suck up the $45 corkage fee. Everyone was really put off the cheapest bottle of wine was $65. We counted a total of 4 bottles of wine under $80. Really? That's offensive. Also, there were no fewer than 10 bums outside, haggling everyone shouting about being hungry. Sit inside! I'll go back.
5/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
everything done just right...
i've dined here a few times with consistently great food & service before but 5/24/13 was the best.made reservations for the wrong night and showed up w/out of town friends. the hostess was gracious enough to accommodate us (big relief since we had our hearts set on piccolo). even nicer, she sat us in the private rm @a 6-top so we can catch up on the past year. we had apps, main + dessert, all amazing. musts: lingua, riccióla, burrata, doppio raviolo, squid ink risotto, carbonara, cupola, bobobanana, panna cotta, nothing was amiss.perfect portions. beautiful ambiance, from the hardwood floors + warm lighting to the well-dressed/coiffed staff. a rare find of an authentic italian. will return very soon. thank you piccolo for a great evening!
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was excellent and beautifully
Food was excellent and beautifully plated. Service was friendly and unobtrusive. Not at all what you would expect off main drag in Venice beach (I.e. So not touristy).
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful. Great foot, ambience
Wonderful. Great foot, ambience and service. We keep coming back. One of the best in LA.
5/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
A night to remember!
Definitely a special occasion spot! Great service and delicious food!
5/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Exceptional service. I will
Exceptional service. I will absolutely revisit this restaurant.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a rare find in Los Angeles; superb food, excellent service. This restaurant never disappoints. Try the capesante in truffle butter sauce...
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Some unique Italian dishes the were excellent. Great creativity and taste with aappropriate portion control.
6/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Piccolo is at the top of its game
We have patronized piccolo since it first opened. It just keeps getting better and better and now its a real gem. A genuine Italian treasure, sophisticated and assured in every respect from the kitchen to the wins list to the service. The somewhat seedy surroundings only make diners feel even more cosseted.
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had an exceptional dining experience here. The menu was amazing and the quality of food was superb.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
At the beach
The food is really very good-the risotto of the day-mine was with mushrooms and langoustines. The scallops were nicely prepared too. Excellent service and a beautiful setting. We had glimpses of the beach and ocean. Parking in Venice is always a challenge, but on Saturday night was a nightmare. Too avoid the high valet charge I parked blocks away. Be prepared for that.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Italian in Venice, CA
Had the tasting menu and loved everything. Scallop & Sea Urchin stuffed pasta, Fresh Black Summer Truffle on another course. Very Flavorful Steak perfectly cooked for another.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Piccolo for foodies
Oh so inventive…better if you like fish but very unusual combinations of food.
Thy only quibble was the wine list, which was mostly unfamiliar and rather expensive- mostly Italian- and not the producers you are familiar with either. You need to discard your normal Italian menu to go here as you won’t find any of your standbys; - even the pastas are completely different.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Top of the list
Absolutely delicious! We celebrated my husbands birthday by downloading the Blackboard Eats voucher. Exceptional menu. Gourmet food! Knowledgable sommeliers fine experience.
6/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
BBE tasting menu
We were a party of four with reservations; we were seated and our server was immediately at our service. Truly the definition of a tasting menu - we got the opportunity to try many courses, all of which were very well prepared, fresh, and beautifully plated - a lovely invitation to revisit the restaurant, which I most certainly will.
6/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Too Much Truffle Oil!
Almost every course of our 6-course tasting menu was doused with truffle oil. A little ok, but this was overdone. Aside from that the food especially the 2 pasta dishes was fantastic.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a very enjoyable evening
We had a very enjoyable evening at Piccolo. We did have a hard time finding the place and the valet parking. When we entered into the Piccolo we were the first customers of the evening but the place soon started to fill up. The establishment was very nice inside and very relaxing. Service was great, we were very happy with our server and the others that assisted. We truly enjoyed the BBE tasting menu, very delicious. All and all we had a very nice dinner for my husband's birthday. We would definitely recommend this place to friends.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of my favorite restaurants... with the tasting menu on Blackboard Eats it's a can't miss! Terrific food. Wow, do they cook pasta perfectly! I loved the tasting menu and love the a la carte menu even more!
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
while I am delighted that this restaurant in increasingly popular, our most recent dinner seemed to show signs of strain on the system. Service was as always quite good, but the waiters didn't seem to have time to have the discussions about food and wine that had contributed to the enjoyment of past meals. Hurry, hurry. The food was very good as well, but did not reach the heights of sophistication that it had in the past. Seemed to be cooked by someone who had complete command of the techniques, but lacked the inspiration. With all that, still one of the best Italian restaurants in the LA region.
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went there for a birthday dinner, and it was great. Did the six course tasting menu, which was perfect for it. Didn't have to worry about ordering food or wine, yet most everything that came was great. The dessert platter was also AMAZING!
Service really made it that much better
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice but used to be better
Went with a blackboard eats. Love this place but this time felt the food was not as stellar. Maybe it was the blackboard eats deal??
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Each course of the tasting menu explodes with flavor and creativity morsel after morsel!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
It's probably my favorite
It's probably my favorite Italian restaurant on the Westside! The food is delicious. Each bit is an explosion of flavor. The service is impeccable, friendly, warm, & knowledgeable. The ambience is perfect for anything from romantic to business to special occasion.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love the food and it is
I love the food and it is the best fine dinning (food) Italian restaurant in Los Angeles
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Romantic Dinner
My girlfriend and I went to dinner here on a Saturday. While it was crowded the service was phenomenal. While on top of everything they were hardly noticeable-exactly what we both like. They cleared tables quickly without interfering in our evening. The food was perfect. While not overpowering the portions were great. We left satisfied, but not stuffed.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Piccolo the best Italian in LA!
amazing as always. they don't skimp on expensive ingredients for the dine LA menu. food is very very rich but everything amazingly tasty and special.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Picolo had a delightful DineLA meal. Did not stint on quality or choice. Well presented. Delightful service. Great wine list and knowledgeable server.
7/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
Food is outstanding, particularly
Food is outstanding, particularly the pastas. Restaurant is smallish and you do not want to be near the front door if you can avoid it. Service was also quite good.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Italy in Venice....CA
Outstanding food with excellent service. Piccolo takes their food and experience very seriously. Gourmet presentation, farm fresh ingredients and a very attentive staff. The seafood risotto special was made with love. The chocolate desert with gold leaf -- wow. Only issue was an amazingly extensive wine selection without description or commentary. It would be so helpful to better understand these pages and pages of Italian wines. The Vermentino recommended by the waiter was a delightful surprise. Thanks.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
I'm an Italian food snob to the point that I rarely go out to eat it. This is real Italian food served by Italian dudes. Pretty great experience
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Worth MANY returns
The food is delicious, the service great, and the atmosphere delightful.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
most authentic Italian restaurant
Was truly impressed with details of food, service, and attention.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
The only misgiving was the
The only misgiving was the reluctance to make any substitutions for sauces. Several of us could not eat shellfish and we asked if, say, the snapper could be served with a different sauce. We were told that no substitutions could be made. It seemed rigid.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
I would not have thought you'd find this good a restaurant in the Venice Carnival area... but this place delivers. Good food,. modest portions, good service.
8/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Lovely evening had by all. Food heavenly. Service attentive, yet relaxed. Portions on the smaller side. Majority of bottles on the wine list over $100---might want to strengthen the $75 and under vs the $200 and over.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Expect the best!
We had a wonderful dinner on our last
Holiday evening. Exciting, surprising food,
the lamb and the scallops were just
perfect, the dishes were nicely decorated,
very good wine. Our waiter was extremely
helpful. We only missed a Grappa after
dinner!. The evening was worth every
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
New York style spectacular
We had dinner for two last Sunday evening at 7:00. My first time there, as it was for my date. It was a perfectly lovely experience. The ambiance is reminiscent of the very best of New York neighborhood Italian, as was the food and the service. Elegant while homey, and the Venice boardwalk scene just a few steps from the front door made for a perfect after dinner people watching stroll. As others have noted, the portions aren't huge, but certainly satisfying, and I don't need to walk out of a restaurant feeling stuffed to the gills. Along with Joe's on Abbot Kinney, it is now officially one of my two favorite places in all of LA.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Piccolo is my favorite Venice spot
I am a huge fan of Piccolo and have a great meal / fantastic experience every time. Secret - their kobe steak is one of the best in the city.
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tucked away gem
Lovely restaurant with excellent food. Staff was professional, attentive without being overbearing and you could tell they enjoyed their work. Amazing wine list! The cook picks the music and he has excellent taste!
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Birthday Dinner at Piccolo
I must say that our dinner at Piccolo is much better than we expected. First of all, our waiter was friendly, helpful and helped us select an awesome wine to accompany our dinner. Secondly, dining at Piccolo is a culinary adventure. Why did say that? Because the flavor is extraordinary and did not taste like your regular Italian cuisine restaurants. For starters, we ordered the Capesante and Lingua, both dishes were very delicious. Then, for our main course, we ordered the Pappardelle and the Branzino special. Both are great and definitely not lacking the "wow factor." I also must say that the texture of the Pappardelle is out of this world fantasic! The desserts were also amazing. We had the Bignole and something made made from kabocha.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
I've been going to this restaurant since the early days when it was called 5 Dudley (the actual street address). Piccolo is still amazing for all of the same reasons. It is on the smallish side with an open kitchen. This makes for a great energy in the space. Its not too loud or rowdy. Well, maybe an occasional surge! You'll get the thing that is essential to Italian cooking here........ Fresh, seasonal ingredients. The wine list is good and has some fairly priced selections. Chef Bobo and team send flavorful, well-prepared selections from the Piccolo kitchen. One of my all time favorites. Try it, its a can't miss!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Unique Italian Restaurant with a fantastic wine menu and true Italian cuisine. Friendly service and quiet.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
as good as ever
The food is exceptional. We ate the $50 set surprise menu. We told them what we "dont" eat and the rest was a most delicious surprise. We've been there before and we will go back again and again. They are moving to a new location shortly. This will not stop us
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Been here a couple of times now and the food has been consistently good. Service is great and it is a real neighborhood gem. Tasting menu with wine pairing is the way to go.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food - too Loud
Food and service were very good but the noise level was way to loud. If it were quieter it could also be a Romantic place.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Venetian gem in Venice, CA.
This was a special birthday dinner and Piccolo did not disappoint! The food was well presented and delicious. The scallops were fresh and perfectly seasoned and prepared. The fish of the day was halibut, and again - excellent in preparation and taste - not overly seasoned to allow for the subtleties of flavor. The wait staff is friendly and conscientious - if not overly attentive! I would say overall, Piccolo is a wonderful place for a special occasion.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food, great for special occasions. Need to return soon.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Another time... amazing! Everything was exquisite!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM